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Path to Connection

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house,

every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep you house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.


“Don't give up when your heart is weary

Don't give up when your eyes are teary

Don't give up when your voice is trembling

When your life needs mendin'

Don't give up when the hurt is near you

Don't give up when the world seems to be broken

I'm still hopin'--With my heart open –

For a brighter day”

Michael Franti

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